Limkokwing University continues to deliver on its mandate of feeding the country’s human resource needs, it has been revealed.
This week on Thursday, 945 students graduated from the school. Limkokwing Regional Director, Corporate and Media Relations, Mercy Thebe, said the university is realising its vision of creating a global generation of creative professionals who are highly competent and outstanding in their abilities. She said the institution is geared towards education transformation and is leading the way to be the innovation and creativity hub of Africa.
“Limkokwing Botswana Class of 2014 brings to the industry, government, and society skills in managing new media technology; a problem solving mind-set that seeks innovative solutions to issues and an entrepreneurial spirit that will benefit Botswana as it builds its competitiveness following the new global order as we press towards 2016,” she said.
At the graduation ceremony, the school conferred upon Vice President of Botswana, Ponatshego Kedikilwe, an honorary doctorate for leadership. This award is said to recognise Kedikilwe’s leadership in strengthening the national economy through the rebuilding of Botswana’s economy through among other things, effective use of national resources. Other recipients of Limkokwing University doctorate awards, who received them sometimes back include former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, South African president Jacob Zuma, Malaysia Prime Minister Dato Sri Mohd Najib Tun haji Abdul Razak, His Lordship Baron Sheik of Cornhill of the United Kingdom and King Mswati III of Swaziland among others.
When receiving his doctorate, Kedikilwe said that it is no doubt that Limkokwing is contributing immensely towards the concept of a knowledgeable society and contributing towards human capital necessary for sustainable development. He said that as the government, they commend the university for being the beacon of creativity and innovation and at the same time demonstrating commitment to the community development by partnering with government to show creativity skills.
“The registration of private tertiary institutions has not only reduced over-independence on government, but has also significantly increased access to tertiary education for qualifying senior secondary school leavers,” Kedikilwe said.
He told graduates that graduation is their first step to an uphill and rigorous life out there. He encouraged them to seek opportunities out. The vice president also implored them to be positive and block any negative thoughts that are likely to overwhelm them during tough times urging them to stay positive at all times.
The university, which has also been operating on a letter of interim authority, celebrated that it has now been granted a full licence to operate as a private tertiary institution in Botswana enjoying full university status. Limkokwing University was also commended for their contribution in making sure that special-need students are incorporated in the school curriculum and also given a good and friendly environment where they can study to their highest ability.
Of the 945 students that were graduating, three students came from the university’s special needs department who persevered through all the challenges they faced with their disabilities and used special needs equipment which assisted them in getting solid tertiary credentials. Aobakwe Mosomane, who is partially blind and suffering from albinism, told the audience of the stigma and the rejection that she felt before she came to study at Limkokwing University. She said she appreciated the university for empowering her and providing her with a good learning experience without prejudice, unlike in schools that she attended before. She graduated with an associate degree in Merchandising and Retailing.
“I used to be in places where people would not share cups with me or want to sit next to me, but Limkokwing University has made me realise that disability is not inability. I have suffered bullying in many different ways and people called me nasty names. Right now I feel ready to go and conquer the world and share my skills with the community,” she said.
Mosomane said that it is a lonely life to be a child with disability, and that the myths over albinism have always made her uncomfortable wherever she went. She said that the opportunity that she got from Limkokwing through the Office of the President has made her want to assist others who are marginalised like her and make them realise that they are also capable of being whatever that they want to be in life.